Tour Type: Private Daily Tour
Duration: One-day
Departure days: Every Day
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German

Tour Overview

Join your private tour guide in the afternoon for a drive south, through the Judean Desert to Masada, a massive rock outcrop, or mesa that rises from the flat desert plains and above the Dead Sea. Take the cable car to Masada’s plateau summit where King Herod the Great built his palace-fortress in 30BC. Spend the rest of the afternoon, touring the excavated structures...

Highlights - Masada Private Tour

Have your personal guide with you throughout the tour.
Enjoy the sight of Masada in the daylight and at night.
Experience sundown at Masada.
See the spectacular Masada Sound and Light Show.

Availability

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English
French
Spanish
Russian
German

Pickup Places and Prices

From Tel Aviv
Up to 3 persons: $956
Up to 6 persons: $1023
Up to 10 persons: $1116
From Jerusalem
Up to 3 persons: $760
Up to 6 persons: $827
Up to 10 persons: $920
From Herzliya
Up to 3 persons: $993
Up to 6 persons: $1060
Up to 10 persons: $1153
From Netanya
Up to 3 persons: $1189
Up to 6 persons: $1256
Up to 10 persons: $1349

What To Expect - Masada Private Tour

This private tour starts in the afternoon with a drive south, through the Judean Desert to Masada, a steep mountaintop plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. Take the cable car to Masada’s flat summit where King Herod built his massive palace-fortress in 30BC. Spend the rest of the day, touring the UNESCO-listed archaeological remains on Masada.

Herod chose this remote site for its steep 450m-high (1476ft) cliffs that acted as a natural defense against attacks. He added fortified walls to make the palace even more impenetrable. In the event of a revolt, Herod planned to retreat here with his court. The palace-fortress was designed to ensure that he would be able to live on Masada for as long as necessary. See the large storerooms that would have held supplies and the vast cisterns carved into the rock to store water for drinking and irrigation so that there would be a permanent food supply.

Herod’s engineers devised a system of channels and aqueducts to gather water that flowed from the Judean Mountains. See Herod’s northern palace, built on two levels over the edge of the northern cliff. Also see the western guest palace, the magnificence Roman bathhouse with mosaic floors and frescos, and the remains of a Byzantine-era church. Tour the synagogue built many years after Herod’s death, by Jewish zealots during the Great Revolt of 63AD-70AD.

The rebels remained on Masada, holding out as long as they could against Roman legions that gathered at the foot of the mount. Eventually, after a long siege, the Romans broke through Masada’s fortified embankment only to find that the rebels had chosen suicide rather than be caught and surrender their freedom. This dramatic event turned Masada into a symbol of Jewish determination to be free in their land.

As the sun sets, take a short walk down Masada’s Roman battery footpath to see the Masada Light and Sound Show. The show uses light projected on the ancient cliffs, pyrotechnics, and sound effects to tell the story of the Jewish rebels of Masada. This awe-inspiring show ends at 21:00 and you should arrive back in Tel Aviv by about 23:00.

Additional Information - Masada Private Tour

The tour includes:

  • 10 hour guided tour led by a fully qualified and licensed tour guide ($40 applies for each additional hour)
  • Pick-up and drop-off services at your hotel or private address
  • Transport by new air-conditioned private car

The tour does not include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Parking and toll roads
  • Food and drinks

Notes:

  • On Saturday and holidays, an extra charge of $135 applies
  • Recommended comfortable walking shoes and water
  • Booking is subject to terms and conditions
  • The Sound and Light Show takes place after sundown so bring warm clothes for the cool desert evening.
  • It is recommended to bring food as there are no restaurants in the tour area.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation fee of 4% charged for notification up to 3 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 25% charged for notification up to 2 days in advance.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% charged for notification less then 1 days.
  • Non Show - 100% Cancellation fees

FAQ

Our private tours are the most exclusive way to travel in Israel. You get a private car and a tour guide that will customize the tour to your interest and your schedule.

The price includes a private car and attached tour guide which will pick you up from wherever you are staying (hotel or apartment) and return you to the same location. The trip is limited to 10 hours ($40 for every extra hour). Find full information under the "Additional Information" area of each tour.

The price of a Private Tour does not include entrance fees, food and drinks, parking or toll roads. Find full information under the "Additional Information" area of each tour.

Yes, the mentioned itinerary is only a proposal; we can customize this private tour according to your wish. Please note that if, due to the changes, the trip’s length increases to over 10 hours, you will be required to pay $40 for every extra hour.

Nearly all languages. However, it is advisable to book in advance tours in languages that aren’t English, Spanish, Russian, German or French. Plus, in certain instances, a tour guide in a language not mentioned above may incur an additional fee ($30-100 – depending on the language and the tour).

You don’t have to, but it is appreciated by the tour guide as a sign of your satisfaction for the services he has provided. 

As this is tailor-made for you only, we can pick you up from any point in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv district, Netanya and Herzliya.

Sorry but no :(

Sure, just ask the guide.

We, at Bein Harim Tourism, understand that plans can change, so you can change dates, cancel, or change your pick up point at any time. Please make note that cancellation fees will be charged subject to cancellation policy as indicated on the tour page and confirmation email.